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Friday May 8th

Tableau Software, specialist in visual analytics, wants to give companies a real-time overview of the global corona situation with its COVID-19 data hub. Interested parties can access processed data records via a dashboard, for example from Johns Hopkins University. The data has been cleaned up, formatted and pre-loaded into a starter dashboard. Users can combine the data offered with data from their own organization. The aim is to enable them to monitor the effects of the virus and to react quickly by comparing hotspots and locations.

In detail, Tableau offers the following resources:

Conspiracy theorists are setting fire to 5G masts again in England

In Great Britain, cell phone masts have been set on fire for several weeks. Behind this are perpetrators who believe there is a connection between the new 5G cellular technology and the spread of the coronavirus. The conspiracy theory is spread via YouTube and social media. German mobile phone companies do not (yet) report such acts of violence. In Great Britain, however, 77 masts have already been set on fire, as reported by Business Insider, among others. There are also said to have been attacks on employees of the network operators. Our colleagues from the PC world investigated the question of whether and what dangers emanate from 5th generation mobile communications.

Strong wave of infections in Coesfeld meat factory

A setback in times of relaxation: According to WDR, 129 COVID-19 infections were initially detected in a Westfleisch factory in Coesfeld. All around 1200 employees at the site are now to be tested for the virus. Yesterday, Thursday, 200 employees of the company were tested, said the district of Coesfeld. Of these, 129 infected people were recognized, 13 were being treated in the hospital, none in the intensive care unit. Work at the Westphalian location has been cut back, but not yet stopped. First, a contactless fever is measured at the factory gate in order to quickly identify suspected cases. The company is in close contact with the authorities.

Meat production also appears to be susceptible to corona infections in other countries. As the Financial Times reported with reference to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 5,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 115 American meat processing plants in 19 states. At least 18 factories have been shut down, others have shut down their production because too many employees are sick or are afraid to go to work. In the US, politicians are now worried about the food supply. President Donald Trump is doing everything possible to reopen the closed factories, while his rival for the highest office in the state, Joe Biden, calls for more protection for workers.

Thursday May 7th

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of the federal states have drawn up a rule according to which the federal states have to reverse their decreed easing measures in districts and urban cities as soon as certain limit values ​​have been exceeded. If there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days, the respective federal state should pull the "emergency brake", as the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder put it - so again take stricter measures to limit infections.

It was also stipulated that the minimum distance of 1.5 meters must initially continue to be observed until June 5th. One restriction applies to the extent that in future the members of two households will be allowed to meet in public - once again, special regulations of the federal states apply. People in nursing homes, hospitals and facilities for the elderly and the disabled can now be regularly visited by a permanent person. Recreational and amateur athletes should also be allowed - subject to certain conditions - to train in the open air. The 1st and 2nd Bundesliga can start playing again from the second half of May, but without spectators. At Spiegel.de, readers can find the regulations of the individual federal states in a tabular overview.

Ifo index shows economy in free fall

The German economy expects a historic collapse in its production. The ifo index, which reflects the expectations of the industry for the three following months, had already fallen to -21 points in March, the current April figures now show it at -51.4 points. That is the lowest value since reunification.

Only the pharmaceutical industry is benefiting from the corona pandemic, all other markets are suffering. In the auto industry, the index fell to -44 points (-36 in March). In the chemical industry it fell to -42 points (-11). The mood in the food industry is also in the basement, with the index falling from +3 to -17 points. The companies in the mineral oil processing and coking plants are particularly pessimistic: Here it went from zero to -92 points.

Federal Statistical Office: Production collapses

The Federal Statistical Office also presented current figures for industrial production in March today. According to preliminary data, real, price-adjusted production in the manufacturing sector was 9.2 percent lower than in the previous month, after adjustment for seasonal and calendar effects. This is the largest decrease since the time series began in January 1991.

According to these figures, industrial production (non-energy manufacturing and construction) fell by 11.6 percent in March 2020 compared to the previous month. The production of intermediate goods decreased by 7.4 percent and that of consumer goods by 7.5 percent. The situation is worse for capital goods, where production has decreased by 16.5 percent. The auto industry was hit particularly hard, with production falling by almost a third (-31.1 percent).

Wednesday May 6th

IDC market researchers expect global IT spending this year to be $ 2.25 trillion. This corresponds to a decrease of 5.1 percent compared to the previous year. In an update of the "IDC Worldwide Black Book Live Edition" it is also said that the entire market for information and communication technology and services will decline by 3.4 percent to a little more than four trillion dollars. The expenditures in the telecommunications sector are to be reduced by 0.8 percent. According to IDC, the IT infrastructure business is developing positively: it will increase by four percent to $ 237 billion.

IDC analyst Stephen Minton expects a COVID-19-related weak second fiscal quarter, in which some industries and companies came under particularly great pressure. Some of these companies would now radically cut their IT spending. "Others will postpone their new projects or cut their expenses in some other way." But there are also signs that the IT market is coping better with the recession than in previous crises. IT is deeply integrated into the operational processes and is no longer a scratch.

Smartphone stores at rock bottom

IDC expects the steepest declines in the PC and smartphone business. This is the real cause of the market slump: Whole upgrade cycles are being omitted, especially for phones, although an upturn was actually expected with the change to the 5G mobile communications standard. In the PC market, the decline comes as less of a surprise, as there was already a wave of replacements in 2019.

Infrastructure spending, however, is even expected to increase a little because companies are currently moving to the cloud - some even at an accelerated pace. In this way, they hoped to better control their costs and, in the medium term, to save money that would otherwise have to be invested in classic data centers and on-premises applications. "Where there is growth, it has mostly to do with the cloud," says Minton. It is not just about software, but also about infrastructure and platform services.

The total software expenditure is even supposed to decrease slightly, because large projects and the complex introduction of application packages would tend to be delayed. What remains, however, is the enormous amount of data that companies have to store, manage and increasingly also analyze - in a cloud environment.

Due to the postponement of major projects, the IT service market will get a few scratches, according to IDC, but overall it should remain stable because companies are more dependent on digitized operational processes. Also, many companies would not deviate from the course they had taken towards digital transformation, it was part of their business strategy.

Tuesday May 5th

In order to reduce their costs during the Corona crisis, many companies are starting with their business processes and dealing with Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Bitkom expert Patrick Hansen says it is "a bridging technology" that can help companies with difficulties in process automation or the integration of systems. However, companies should not overestimate the possibilities and should carefully consider which processes are suitable for such automation. The ITK industry association has now published the guide "ERP and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) - a classification".

"In essence, it is about RPA taking over the operation of software applications carried out by a human being and processing previously recorded and learned steps," it says in a press release. RPA is suitable for simple tasks in which the steps are repeated over and over again. The guideline answers the questions whether RPA can be introduced by the specialist department without the support of the IT department and which processes are suitable for RPA. The steps for introducing an RPA prototype and a checklist for software selection are also presented.

US document warns of large wave of infections

the "New York Times" learns from an internal document of the US government that the Trump administration expects an unusually strong increase in the number of corona infected and dead people in the next few weeks. As early as June 1, the daily death rate is said to be over 3,000, which would be a 70 percent increase compared to the currently counted 1,750 deaths per day. The "only for official use" projection is based on data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to which there will be around 200,000 new infections in the US every day at the end of May. Almost 30,000 new cases are currently counted every day.

The NYT article also states that the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington expects approximately 135,000 deaths in the states by early August. On April 17, the institute had predicted a good 60,000 victims, but 69,000 people in the USA have already died of COVID-19 infection. US President Donald Trump nevertheless recommends a further relaxation of the exit restrictions and social distance rules. From May 11th, 31 US states want to relax their regulations - despite various warnings.

Trump admitted on Sunday that the death rate in the US would probably add up to 100,000 people. That would be twice as many as he prophesied two weeks ago. Judd Deere, White House spokesman, said the numbers released by the NYT did not match what the Trump task force had collected in terms of data and models.

Germany is loosening up

In Germany, too, the easing is progressing after the curve of new infections and deaths has flattened further (166,000 infected people, almost 7,000 deaths). Hundreds of thousands of children and young people returned to schools yesterday under great security precautions, usually the final classes as well as the year before and the last classes of elementary schools. Still, it is considered unlikely that all students will return to school buildings before the summer vacation. The SPD chairwoman Saskia Esken told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that, in her opinion, there would be no normal lessons in the new school year either. "How long it stays that way may depend on when a vaccine comes," said Esken.

Meanwhile, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is gradually reopening its restaurants and also wants to end the entry ban for foreign tourists on May 25th. Despite store openings and the partial resumption of school operations, the number of new infections in the northern state is low. Hotels should be allowed to rent a maximum of 60 percent of their bed capacity. Hamburg and Lower Saxony also want to reopen their restaurants under strict conditions.

Monday 4th May

Can artificial intelligence help detect emerging COVID-19 hotspots at an early stage? According to a Tech Republic report, the healthcare analytics software company Cotiviti is working quite successfully on such a solution. This involves an AI system that is trained using a variety of data sources to predict new outbreaks regionally. Cotiviti processes hundreds of data sources in its "Caspian Insights Platform", including information on patient screening, new medical findings and geospatial data, in order to identify trends.

CEO Emad Rizk believes that AI and machine learning can help cope with the pandemic in several ways: in drug and vaccine development as well as in steering preventive and treatment measures. He sees risks in the one-sided or insufficient selection of the training data: "You have to be careful that the algorithms do not use a data window that is too small. It makes a huge difference whether you want to draw conclusions with just two or three data elements or with 100."

Based on its Caspian platform, Cotiviti recently presented its "COVID-19 Outbreak Tracker". Weekly forecasts about hidden hotspots or expected outbreak regions are published on an interactive map. The data fed to the system range from medical information such as x-rays, intensive care admissions, CPT codes, ICD-9 codes and much more. "We not only look at confirmed cases, but also at all suspicious factors. So we can raise the flag and say: This district looks strange," says Rizk.

At the beginning of March, Cotiviti had recorded and processed data in around two dozen US states in this way. Within two weeks, 80 percent of the predicted hotspots turned into actual outbreak areas, the company claims. Since then, the algorithm and the database have been further developed at high speed and an accuracy of 91 percent has already been achieved. Among other things, this is due to the fact that new clinical data is always available and so the model is getting better and better. In the future, the data could also be used to differentiate normal flu epidemics from new outbreaks of the coronavirus. In addition, the system could play an important role in the easing phase when it came to monitoring entire regions and detecting the smallest changes immediately in order to initiate countermeasures.

Thursday April 30th